Liu winning car tag 7 months draws questions

2012-11-30 01:44:14 GMT2012-11-30 09:44:14(Beijing Time)

Car plate hunters in Beijing are joking that they may have to change their name to "Liu Xuemei" to be a winner in the city's plate lottery after the name won in seven consecutive months, the Beijing News reported yesterday.

A record 1.26 million Beijing dwellers competed for fewer than 20,000 car tags through a lottery system this month. The lottery is used to relieve traffic congestion.

Frustrated would-be car buyers were surprised to find that Liu Xuemei was so lucky. In May, Liu won two license plates, the paper said.

"It's so extraordinary," a Beijing resident surnamed He said, adding that he entered the monthly lottery 18 times without success.

He had planned to change the lottery number the authority randomly allocates to applicants, but was told everyone could get only one number and couldn't change it. Records show the name Liu Xuemei has eight different numbers. It wasn't clear whether they were the same person. According to People's Daily, Liu Xuemei, in her 30s, is director of the vehicle and driver management department with the Ministry of Public Security. She is in charge of drafting related rules and issuing vehicle licenses. Many netizens suspect she was the one who won eight car plates due to her affiliation to the authority.

Liu denied any wrongdoing yesterday on the microblog of the publicity and education office of the ministry's traffic administration.

"I can understand it if it's just a white lie. But if somebody has a malicious purpose, I will resort to laws to protect myself," she wrote.

Tian Xiaowan, who said he is a Beijing lawyer, said he wrote to the Beijing Transport Commission to ask for details of Liu's lottery wins.

Editor: Yu Runze
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